U2 manager hails ‘great result’ as ‘free’ album charts at Number Six

'Songs Of Innocence' was released physically on October 13

U2‘s new album ‘Songs Of Innocence’ charted at Number Six on the Official UK Albums Chart this week following its ‘free’ release on iTunes in September.

The album was released physically on October 13 and was chart-eligible for the first time when the Official Album Chart was announced yesterday (October 19). The album entered at Number Six, behind albums by Jessie J, George Ezra, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran and this week’s Number One, ‘Chapter One’ by Ella Henderson.

U2’s manager, Guy Oseary, hailed it as a victory considering how many people had access to the album for nothing. He said “We’re heading for Top10 all over the world with Songs Of Innocence, in our sixth week after release which is a great result, added to the over 26 million people who have already downloaded the album, as Apple reported on Oct 9.”

U2 and Apple ‘gifted’ 500 million iTunes users with their new album without consent in September. The move sparked widespread controversy. Following complaints over the unconventional release of ‘Songs Of Innocence’, Apple released a tool to allow its customers to remove ‘Songs Of Innocence’ from their devices with just one click.

Last week it was reported that just five per cent of iTunes subscribers – 26 million people – downloaded the album Apple placed on their customers’ devices on September 9. Although the figure is a small percentage of iTunes’ 500 million customers, it would still make ‘Songs Of Innocence’ rank in the Top 40 best-selling albums of all-time, in joint 32nd place alongside Britney Spears‘ 1999 album ‘…Baby One More Time’.

Elsewhere in the Official Albums Chart there six further new entries including from Spandau Ballet (8), Jessie Ware (9), You + Me (10), Jonathan Antoine (13), Ozzy Osbourne (23) and Si Cranstoune (35) respectively.

Meanwhile, the Number One spot on the Official Singles Chart belongs to Meghan Trainor and her single ‘All That Bass’. This is the third week that Trainor has spent at Number One. She previously became the first artist ever to enter the Top 40 on streams alone.

The other new entries on this week’s Official Singles Chart came from One Direction (2), Eminem (8), Watermat (10), Wilkinson (13), Krishane (19) and Charli XCX (25).